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GATE Equity Webinar Series

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Graduation Equity (GATE)

Kefi Andersen

Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) Equity webinars help growth minded educators and education advocates to learn from Washington districts who are closing opportunity gaps. The National Equity Project defines educational equity as each child receiving what he or she needs to develop his or her full academic and social potential.  Using OSPI data and experience from the field, GATE Equity webinars reveal the systems that drive success, an equity focus, and the key strategies that are getting students to graduation.  

We offer two distinct experiences that both feature Washington schools doing amazing work! GATE Equity Webinar 101 sessions, in the morning, are based on foundational best practices. GATE 201 Webinar sessions, in the afternoon, focus on a specific strategy from our monthly theme that you can apply to your context. Each webinar is an hour and a half long this year as we’ve added time for our audience to meet in small groups and apply the content to their own context. Our webinars are a great opportunity to learn from people who are trying innovative strategies across the state. If you know other educators that would benefit, please share the following opportunities to friends and colleagues.

Upcoming GATE Webinars

Rigor 101: A Practical Approach from Practicing School Leaders

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am

We know it’s important to have high expectations for all students. Are you curious about the tension between academic excellence and universal access to education? In this session you’ll learn about how to build a system that supports academic rigor. We’ll have Rogers High School with us to talk about how they’re supporting academic rigor in person and in a virtual world. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss the implications of rigor with colleagues from across the state.  

Rigor 201: Beyond the Book Study

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 3:00-4:30pm

What does culture and ethnicity have to do with rigor? Learn more about Ethnic Studies, the social and historical study of race and racism with us! We’ll have Washington Teacher of the Year, Brooke Brown with us to talk about her regional transformational collaborative work. You’ll get a chance to reflect on your own practice and commitment to equity as well as discuss ideas for next steps with colleagues from across the state.

GATE 201 Presentation 

Each session is free and includes up to 1.5 clock hours. 

Webinar Registration & 3 Free Clock Hours

    1. Register for morning sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 101 – you only have to do this once for each school year.
    2. Register for afternoon sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 201 – you only have to do this once for each school year.
    3. Register monthly for your 3 Free Clock Hours on pdEnroller
    4. Attend both sessions live.  Clock hours are based on actual attendance time.
    5. Complete the PDEnroller Evaluation online. Clock hours will be awarded when we have verified your attendance, usually within a few days.

If you'd like to receive partial clock hours, this is also available.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Ronnie Larson in OSPI's System and School Improvement team.

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Power of School Improvement Planning 101: Why is Goal Setting necessary for Systems Change?

Everyone’s got a School Improvement Plan. Let’s bring it to life! As schools are facing so much change this year, a School Improvement Plan can help a school set meaningful goals that will help create systems change. Through this webinar you’ll get a chance to see why goal setting based in equity and anti-racism is necessary for the success of all learners. We’ll have Mabton School District with us to talk about their School Improvement Plan and activities at Artz Fox Elementary School. You’ll also learn to differentiate and identify SMARTIE goals that can be tackled in a 1-3 year period. We’re also planning to host breakout rooms at the end of the program for participants that would like to learn from peers across the state.

GATE 101 PowerPoint Presentation

Power of School Improvement Planning 201: What helps make school improvement goals reality?

Let’s go deeper on SMARTIE Goals. Goals are attained through careful monitoring, so we’ll be talking about how to measure the success of your improvement activities through formative and summative assessments in a way that makes review a reflex. Mount Adams School District will be with us to talk about how they are implementing their SMARTIE Goals at Harrah Elementary through an ever evolving process. We’re also planning to host breakout rooms at the end of the program for participants that would like to learn from peers across the state about the real challenges, successes, and opportunities with implementing improvement activities.

GATE 201 PowerPoint Presentation

Social Emotional Learning 101: How Can Hope-Centered Education Improve Student Outcomes?

GATE 101 Presentation Slides

Presenters: Kefi Andersen, Mandy Paradise, Kody Russell (Kitsap Strong),  Ciela Meyer (ESD 114) 

Washington’s Social Emotional Learning Standards are more important than ever! Kitsap Strong’s Kody Russell is returning to explore the science of hope and it’s connection to the standards and share with us how they are using the Hope Scale to understand students’ progress. Did you know the Healthy Youth Survey can be used to measure hope and non-academic barriers? We’ll be checking it out and discussing ideas with colleagues from across the state.

Social Emotional Learning 201: Building Hope as a Pathway to the Future

GATE 201 Presentation Slides

Presenters: Bonnie Zimmerman, Kim Reykdal, Kody Russell (Kitsap Strong), Vicki Collins (Our GEMS & GENTS), Harriette Bryant (Our GEMS & GENTS) 

The future is bright! We are striving for an educational system where each student knows they can impact their future. We’re teaming up with Our GEMS & GENTS to learn how they are mentoring students furthest from educational justice to build hope for the future. We’ll be discussing the impacts of bias and inequity on hope and strategies that you can take to the students in your community. You’ll get a chance to learn from our audience and reflect on ways that hope centered pathways can be a game changer for students.

Relationships 101: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Maximizing Roles and Relationships to Serve Students 

Staff from Auburn and South Kitsap School District will share how they are using teams to serve students. Learn tips about the roles their team members take on, structures that help them collaborate, and how their relationship building strategies are helping kids. We’ll have breakout rooms so you can share ideas on how you might apply these ideas in your own setting and learn from colleagues from across the state.

Relationships 101 Presentation

Relationships 201: Building Hope Through Social Emotional Learning & Motivational Interviewing 

Did you know hope can be measured and planned for? We’ll be reviewing Social Emotional Learning Standards to answer the question – Does Hope Matter? Learn from Kitsap Strong and South Kitsap School District about the work they’ve been doing and how to implement Hope-Centered Education. You’ll also get a chance to exchange thoughts and ideas with others in small groups.

Relationships 201 Presentation

Data Toolkit 101: The Power of Protocols to Review Data with an Equity Lens

December GATE Equity 101 Webinar

GATE 101 PowerPoint Presentation

Presenters: Kefi Andersen, Travis Wentworth, Ron Franklin

What data is helping you right now? We’re going to be taking a look at a protocol you can use to keep equity in the forefront as you consider how to get support to students. One of our Continuous Improvement Partners will be sharing how he is working with schools  this year and the processes he promotes to increase improvement through cycles of inquiry. We’ll be talking about root cause analysis and checking your work with the essential question, “Is each student getting what they need to succeed?”. You’ll get  the opportunity to participate in a breakout room and try the protocol for yourself using some data from OSPI’s Report Card.

Data Toolkit 201: Native Voices in Data

December GATE Equity 201 Webinar

December GATE 201 PowerPoint Presentation

Presenters: Bonnie Zimmerman, Laura Lynn, Travis Wentworth, Elese Washines (practitioner, Yakama Nation Higher Education Program Manager)

What can we do for our American Indian and Alaskan Native students? We have special guest Elese Washines of the Yakama Nation joining us to explore this question and some of Washington’s policies and their impact on educational data. Learn more about data sovereignty, and get an understanding of how American Indian and Alaskan Native students show up in Washington’s educational data system. We’ll be taking time to discuss what actions we can take in breakout groups and how data sovereignty impacts our students.

Engagement 101: Foundations of Tribal Sovereignty

November GATE Equity 101 Webinar

GATE 101 PowerPoint Presentation

What is tribal sovereignty and how does it affect how educators serve our Native American and Alaskan Native students and families? Get an introduction to some of the historical policies that have impacted Native Education with members of OSPI’s Office of Native Education. You’ll also learn what it means to support AI/AN students who are citizens and descendants of sovereign tribal nations and some of the issues with data collection and reporting.

Engagement 201: Promising Practices in Native Education

November GATE Equity 201 Webinar

GATE 201 PowerPoint Presentation

Learn about how North Thurston School District is consulting and collaborating with the Nisqually Tribe and get ideas for how you might partner with your own local tribes. We’ll have leaders of the Muckleshoot Tribal School joining us to talk about how they’re building relationships and empowering their students. Get tips and tricks for engagement and learn more about supporting American Indian and Alaskan Native students. 

Informed Action 101: Navigating Change Management 

Learn about laying the foundation for Change Management through identifying different types of organizational change and discussing success through understanding how change initiatives fail. Learning to identify and engage with our stakeholders is critical to successfully implement change as is knowing how to navigate the waters of resistance – not everyone is supportive of change initiatives so we will discuss some available tools and why resistance is a valuable asset. Attendees will participate in a unique and fun change resistant exercise.

Informed Action 201: Change Management & Effectively Monitoring Progress (3-4:30pm)

Our afternoon session will discuss how data can be used in support of change efforts and implementation, highlighting the roles of progress monitoring and evaluation within each stage of a PDSA cycle supporting data informed action through question based inquiry. What data has informed the change being pursued? What is the difference between monitoring the implementation and monitoring impacts? What questions are we attempting to answer through the data? Participants will have time to reflect on their own data systems and the way questions can lead to data which can then lead to informed action and, ultimately, successful change.

School Climate 101: How Do You Use Standards Based Grading for Equity? (10-11:30am)

Join us to learn about the standards-based grading mindset. With many schools returning to school remotely this fall, there’s a unique opportunity to reset gradebooks with equity in mind. We’ll be sharing assessment strategies, lessons learned from the field, and resources to get you started! We’ll also be hosting breakout rooms so that people can learn from colleagues across the state and plan next steps.

September GATE Equity 101 Webinar

School Climate 101 Presentation

Reading Resources:

School Climate 201:  How Can You Improve School Climate Through Cultural Inclusion (3-4:30pm)

For September, we will be exploring how cultural inclusion efforts can improve school climate. Akiva Erezim, of Continuous Improvement at OSSI/OSPI, will help to frame our understandings around the power of institutions and sociocultural agents to curate individual experiences, as well as the critical need for social and cultural inclusion work in Washington state schools (with special attention given to today’s virtual learning environment).

We will be joined by Scotland Nash, EdD,  Executive Director of Education of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)  Pacific Northwest, who will highlight the work of the “No Place for Hate” School Climate Initiative: “a student led school climate initiative for K-12 schools committed to create sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. Participating schools are able to incorporate anti-bias and anti-bullying resources within their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong.  Since the program was launched in 1999, over 1,700 schools across the country have joined the No Place for Hate movement nationwide.”

September GATE Equity 201 Webinar

School Climate 201 Presentation

Connection to Engagement 101: How do schools prioritize and maintain connections with all students and families this fall?

Are you wondering what attendance will look like this fall? Join us to get a quick look at OSPI fall attendance guidance and resources. We’ll have Mount Baker School District with us to talk about how they’re adapting to remote learning and to share their approach to contacting and connecting with students. We’re adding time to our sessions this year so you can learn and connect with colleagues statewide and share your ideas in breakout rooms.

Attendance & Engagement 101 Webinar

Attendance & Engagement 101 Presentation

Connection to Engagement 201: What are culturally responsive ways to increase student engagement in remote learning?

Do you want to create an engaging and culturally responsive remote learning environment in  your classroom? This webinar is geared toward teachers who want to explore some of the big ideas from the book Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom: An Equity Framework for Pedagogy. You’ll get an opportunity to discuss how to adapt these ideas to your own context and learn from educators across the state in breakout rooms. We hope you’ll bring fellow educators along to join in the conversation.

Special Resource for this conversation: Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom (book)

Attendance & Engagement 201 Webinar

Attendance & Engagement 201 Presentation

Continuous Improvement 101:  Connecting & Building Data & Systems

Bring your leadership team! Join Chuck Salina and Suzann Girtz with their friends from the Sunnyside School District to talk about how their systems for supporting students have changed from data to supports.

Continuous Improvement 101 Presentation 

Continuous Improvement 201: Envisioning the Future

How are you maintaining a positive culture of learning in your building?  Sunnyside School District stays with us to talk about how they are using timeless goals and 45-day action planning to connect, build, and envision the future, including ideas for how they are planning for the fall.

Continuous Improvement 201 Presentation

Social Emotional Learning 101: Introduction to Washington's Standards & Benchmarks / 10 A.M.

Right now more than ever Social Emotional Learning is a critical skill set to share with school staff and students. We'll be joined by OSPI's Tammy Bolen to give us a foundational knowledge of what SEL encompasses. In this webinar we'll be walking you through the Washington Social Emotional Learning Standards and get you some innovative ways to apply these standards right now. We'll also connect you with resources to deepen your learning. 

SEL 101 Webinar

SEL 101 Presentation

For more on the Steps for Healthy Emotional Processing visit: or contact

Social Emotional Learning 201: Safety, Mental Health, & Wellbeing 

It's been a tough month and we have heard some amazing stories of resilience. Our OSPI staff want to support our educators and families by introducing you to virtual supports for trauma, grief, and loss. We'll be focusing on ways to maintain mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing you with resources to support educators, students, and their families.  

SEL 201 Webinar

High School School && Beyond Plans 101: Increasing Engagement with High School & Beyond Planning

HSBP 101 Webinar

HSBP 101 Presentation

Who am I? What can I become? How do I become that? These are the essential questions behind the High School & Beyond Plan that guides students through their high school years and into adulthood. In Washington this graduation requirement helps students get the most out of high school and think about their future. 

We'll be exploring strategies for student engagement and looking at local examples of how to personalize the experience for a variety of student needs with an alternative learning program perspective from Green River College.  

High School & Beyond Plans 201: Aligning High Beyond Plans & IEP Transition Plans

HSBP 201 Webinar

HSBP 201 Presentation

You asked and we listened! Check out some ideas for how to follow the state’s new mandate to align High School & Beyond Plans and IEP Transition Plans. We're joined by OSPI’s Special Education staff and leaders from Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and Seattle University’s Center for Change in Transition Studies. They've developed some amazing resources they want to share with you that could be used to implement a collaborative team approach to aligning HSBP’s and IEP Transition Plans.

Students with Disabilities 101: Implementing & Sustaining Inclusionary Practices

Did you know that more than 90% of students with disabilities present with average to above-average intellectual functioning? We know that all students benefit from interacting with peers and exposure to core instruction. Do you want to check how inclusive your school is? Want to know how to get started? We’ll have Ocosta and Longview School districts with us to talk about how they are implementing and sustaining inclusionary practices from a school and district administer level.   

Students with Disabilities 101 Webinar

Supporting Students 101 Presentation

Pre-Reading Assignment/Post-Webinar Activity: Self-Assessment for Creating Safe and Inclusive Schools and RA Long Teacher's Role for Inclusion Brochure

Students with Disabilities 201: Master Scheduling for Inclusionary Practices

Master schedules reveal what schools value. Does your schedule open access or create barriers to a full education? We’ll be joined by Highline SD's McMicken Heights Elementary, Issaquah SD's Endeavour Elementary and UW’s Cassy Martin to talk about adjustments to schedules that open pathways for students with disabilities.   

Students with Disabilities 201 Webinar

Supporting Students 201 Presentation

Language Learners 101:  Supporting Best Practices webinar

Language Learners 101 Presentation


What’s your system for ensuring language acquisition? Join OSPI’s Director of Migrant & Bilingual Education, Veronica Gallardo as she examines essential systems elements needed to support Language Learners. We’ll be joined by ESD 105 to talk about what districts can do to support the schools they are working with. You’ll get statewide data and resources to help you get started!   

Language Learners 201: Designing Research-Based Programs webinar

Language Learners 201 Presentation

Join Veronica Gallardo, Director Migrant and Bilingual Education, OSPI and ESD 105 as they provide guidance on understanding systems level approach for designing Language Learner services.